A GENEROUS man from Gainsborough has been given an award after making 75 blood donations.
Bryan Ambrose, who first gave blood in September 1972, has now been given a platinum award from the NHS Blood and Transplant association.
The 58-year-old said that the first time he decided to give blood was on whim, and he’s never looked back.
“There were a group of us in the Peacock pub back one afternoon back in 1972,” said Bryan. We were quite bored and someone told us to go to the blood donors, so we did and I just kept going back.
“I used to work at Roses and they would always encourage us to keep giving blood and they’d give us time off to go along.”
Now, nearly 40 years later, Bryan has clocked up over 75 donations - and he would like to encourage others to do the same.
“It has certainly been an achievement,” he said. “I’m very proud to have been able to go on for so long and to receive this award. I hope I can carry on now and make it to 100 donations. I never expected to be giving blood for so long and I think that anyone who is fit and healthy and wants to help save people’s lives should give blood whenever they can.”
“It’s pain-free. You just feel a little prick in your arm then it’s over. It just takes an hour out of your day and it can save someone’s life.”
Bryan’s wife Ruth said: “I think it’s a marvellous thing that he’s done. It’s amazing to think of all of the lives you can save with just a few pints of blood - let alone 75.”
She continued: “I’m really proud of what he’s done and I would definitely encourage others to go out there and do the same.”
Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 7 stone 12 lbs and in general good health could become a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.
The next opportunities to give blood locally are: The United Reformed Hall in Gainsborough on Wednesday 13th April, The New Hall in Bawtry on Wednesday 20th April, or Huntcliff School in Kirton-In-Lindsey on Monday 18th April.